Ian / Adam,
On my current chef-server, my couch db is version 0.11.2
From: IDROSSI@jw.org [mailto:IDROSSI@jw.org]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 2:06 PM
Cc: EMENDOZA@jw.org; KAKiner@jw.org; GJZULAUF@jw.org
Subject: [chef] RE: Re: os_process_error in CouchDB
I have to add to my below description that after I rebuilt the
chef-server, I reloaded all of our cookbooks, roles and databags.
I do believe that Randy has the same issue, although I’m not sure what
version of CouchDB he is using.
Ian D. Rossi
From: Adam Jacob [email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 1:02 PM
Subject: [chef] Re: os_process_error in CouchDB
Can you show us the full stack trace from CouchDB?
Have you showed it to the folks on the CouchDB list?
On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 6:51 AM, IDROSSI@jw.org wrote:
We are seeing a strange error in CouchDB that causes Chef to become
unusable and unrecoverable. The knife command ceases to respond, and
the chef webui ceases to respond. /var/log/couch.log shows an
os_process_error with exit status 0.
This is the second time this has happened. The first time, it happened
to our chef-server that was running properly for several weeks. On
Monday, at about 11 AM EST, the error occurred and our chef-server
We tried to research and recover the issue for about a day.
We then rebuilt the chef-server this morning. During the
setup/installation, we encountered this issue
which we had encountered in the past. We then applied the fix, by
increasing maxFieldLength in the mainIndex section of the chef solr
Very shortly after that, while do a chef run on a lab node, running a
knife command and trying to access the web UI all at the same time,
the os_process_error occurred again and the chef-server became
Our chef-server is running on a vSphere VM with 2 cores (2 cores in 1
socket), 2GB of RAM. It’s running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, Chef 0.10.8 and
CouchDB 0.10. The VM was generated from a pre-existing VM that
originally had only 1 core.
Another detail about our environment that may be important is that we
use Centrify on our Linux server for Active Directory integration.
This is why we were affected by CHEF-2346. Since chef pulls in all
authorized users on a node as an automatic attribute, there can be
thousands of users in a list that gets gathered by chef.
Is perhaps CouchDB dying because of the size of the node data that we
are asking chef to gather? Has anyone else encountered this error?
Much thanks for any help. Let me know if I can provide any more
Ian D. Rossi
Adam Jacob, Chief Customer Officer
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